Taiwan is amazing for food. There is such a mix of cultural influences and we tried to sample as much local cuisine as possible. We also had to visit some favourites like Din Thai Fung and followed the recommendations from some of our foodie friends. Taipei in particular has some amazing bars, bakeries, restaurants and food markets. See below for our tips.
Just in Bakery
The most amazing bakery! Shaped like carrots, tennis balls and so many interesting flavours, like cheese and cranberry, chia seed and carrot cake. It’s so good. The staff lady was so nice and let us try a lot. Walk from Zhongshan Junior High school station on the MRT less than 5 mins.
Address: No. 8號, Alley 15, Lane 106, Section 3, Minquan East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Raohe Night Market
We loved Raohe night markets in the Songshan district. Hop off the MRT at Songshan station. It is a street (almost a kilometre) cut off and line with street stalls. There’s games, drinks and plenty of food. It is one of the oldest night markets in Taipei. We firmly recommend one of our favourite foods of the whole street market; the pepper pork bun, baked in an oven. Other notable foods include the stinky tofu, oyster vermicelli, sticky rice buns with pork sausage, grilled skewers, flame torched wagyu and desserts. It is a must visit tourist destination.
Address: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Shilin Night Market
Shilin Market can be found north of the CBD and easily accessed on the MRT. Hop off on Jiantan station (before Shilin). It is often considered to be the most famous night market in Taiwan, particularly for tourists. Similar to Raohe market with its street food and games, but on a bigger scale. They also had more variety in food. They have a few Michelin starred venues too. The suckling pig and oyster vermicelli is a must.
Address: No. 101號, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Modern Toilet Restaurant
An interesting concept with everything themed toilets. You sit on a toilet, food is served in mini toilets and some even looks like poop. It is overpriced and service is slow but if you like a gimmick, check it out. Catch the MRT to Ximen and it will be within 5 mins walking distance.
Address: 2F, No 7,Ln 50,Xining S. Rd., Taipei City Ximending,
Din Tai Fung
This place is so cool. Literally. Plenty of shaved ice options, whether it be raspberry, mango or matcha. We were taken by the bubble tea! Layers of milk tea flavoured shaved ice, topped with bubbles. Super delicious!
Address: No. 297號, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Tao Luan Ting Roast Peking Duck Palace
We found this place via a map from the train station highlighting all the Michelin restaurants. In the Songshan district, it is hard to spot from the main road, find it on google maps and make your way to the second floor. There were only two of us and we ordered the whole duck. Way too much for two people. You can use the bones and they can make you soup or other ingredients. The owner is third generation and brings in ducks from Yilan. They’re kept 100 days longer to become extra fatty. The chef brings it to your table and cuts it in front of you. Crispy skin and carved into 36 pieces, served with green onion and hoi-sin. The staff were friendly and the décor of the place looks pretty old school. The whole duck set us back $1300 TWD.
Address: 104, Taipei City, Songshan District, Fuxing North Road
Stinky Tofu boss
No frills little joint. Staff don’t speak English so we ordered by pointing to google images. The stinky tofu was the boiled type as opposed to fried. We liked it. Flavoured with basil and other flavours. It was awarded a Michelin Star. Note: if you sit in, it’s about a million degrees. It was quite far from Longshan station, so we paid a few dollars for a cab.
Address: No. 6, Lane 313, Section 2, Zhonghua Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
This place is a must when visiting Taipei, their cakes are elegant and of high quality as are their chocolates. The the chocolate whisky cake made with the Smokey peat of the Lagavulan 16 @yu_chocolatier was out of this world enjoyed with a dram of Omar sherry cask Taiwanese whisky. Yu also make high quality chocolates including award winning pieces made with renowned Taiwanese whisky Kavalan Soloist Sherry cask, a chocolate made with Talisker Scotch. Other individual chocolates you can buy include:
- brown sugar ginger praline
- black peanut
- fermented rice
- calamansi lime
- mountain pepper
- Taiwanese cacao
- signature Yu
- Oolong tea
- Red Jade tea
- Ginger raspberry
- seasonal honey
- ginger lily passionfruit
- ginger raspberry
- aged plum
- pepper mango
- soy sauce
- smoked sesame oil
- whisky longan
Address: No. 10, Alley 3, Lane 112, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
A small bar, found upstairs in the Xiamen district. Pretty busy place, and the one Batman seems to do all the cocktails. He was kept very busy as they were quite intricate. Served in interesting ways and in interesting glassware.
Address: 108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Kunming Street, 92-2號4樓號
- Dragon Restaurant (Best Roast Duck)：No. 18-1, Lane 105, Section 1, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
- 富霸王猪脚 (Best slow cook of pork shank):No. 20, Lane 115, Section 2, Nanjing East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
- Song Shang Hao Crispy tofu (Best stinky tofu): No. 86, Jinxi Street, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 101
- Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodle：No. 322, Section 2, Bade Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
- 八腳老大養生粥火鍋 )(Crab congee):No. 17, Alley 1, Lane 241, Jinzhou Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10483
- KiKi Restaurant Fuxing (Shizuan style spicy food):No. 28, Section 1, Fuxing South Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
- Wulao Hotpot (Spicy hot pot): No. 36-1, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
- Meilin (Best Fruit shop):No. 83, Section 1, Kaifeng St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
- 鮨とみ (Best Sushi Restaurant, reservation only):No. 15, Lane 298, Longjiang Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491